NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

In partnership with Reimagine End of Life
Music by DJ Juan Luna-Avin

It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine End of Life festival to examine the big questions about mortality in the natural world through an evening of science, discussion, and art.

Launched in 2016 to “investigate the intersection of art, community, and end of life,” Reimagine has collaborated with people from across various disciplines.

During NightLife, you'll hear from Reimagine founder and musician Brad Wolfe plus, Sean Mulholland (IDEO) will talk about the digital experience of death and Angelica Ekeke (One World Journalist) will present her work "The Removal : the visual symphony". Also, Natalia Vigil (Still Here) will share a performance.

The night will address end-of-life health care, as Dr. Jessica Zitter and Cynthia Carter Perrilliat discuss racial inequities and Dr. Richard Miller and Rabbi Sydney Mintz discuss psychedelics in treatment.

Attend the "Good Grief" comedy show with comedians Andrew Orolfo, Ronn Vigh, Anica Cihla, and Dara Kosberg. Engage with interactive art installations of Elysa Fenenbock, Morgan Brown, and Emily Payne.

Artist Day Schildkret will install one of his “Morning Altars,” ephemeral earth artworks that celebrate impermanence and daily ritual.

Submit a celebratory “funeral song” (click here to submit your song) for DJ Juan Luna-Avin to spin in the Piazza and take a visually stunning journey through an immersive environment presented by Dream Logic in collaboration with artist Viktor Kastro, whose work investigates the spirit world and realms beyond death.

Learn about the animal care provided in life and death faced  by the biologists and hear from the scientists who act as first-responders during marine mammal strandings.

Follow the journey of an organism from death to fossil with a talk by Ben Muddima of the UC Museum of Paleontology. Talk to Bay Area organizations that are addressing end of life in multiple arenas, including Muttville Senior Dog RescueThe Dinner Party, Palliative Care Work Group, and more.

Travel into space to learn about star death in the planetarium show Journey to the Stars and dive deeper with a talk from UC Berkeley researcher Ken Shen.



  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Learn about the latest technology and how people around the world are working to keep stargazing possible.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Travel through space and time to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars, Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 7th at 6:00 pm

It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine Festival to examine the big questions.

March 14th at 6:00 pm

An electric night awaits as NightLife digs into AI and the ways in which it’s transforming our world.

March 21st at 6:00 pm

We’re going back in time with our Dino Days festival—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time.

March 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women in science from around the Bay.